North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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Welcome to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach, NC at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Visitors journey along “The Waters of the Cape Fear” – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean.  Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

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Free Daily Programs

Daily schedule for dive shows, creature features and feedings here.


The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located on US 421 approximately 15 miles south of Wilmington, just beyond Kure Beach. From Southport, take the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry.
For ferry schedule, call 910-457-6942 or toll free at 1-800-BYFERRY.
GPS: 33°57’46”N, 77°55’32”W
Street address:
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Click here for map and directions


Adults: ages 13-61, $10.95*
Seniors: ages 62+, $9.95*
Military: $9.95*
Children: ages 3-12, $8.95*
Ages 2 and younger and North Carolina Aquarium Society Members: FREE
*tax not included
Purchase tickets for your aquarium visit online here.

See what you can do:

  • Touch a live shark
  • Climb along Adventure Reef
  • Meet an albino alligator
  • Talk to a SCUBA diver
  • Come face-to-face with a sea turtle

What’s New


Lorikeets land Saturday, April 4 (weather permitting)

$3 admission (general Aquarium admission not included)

$1 cup of nectar

Birds take a break 12:30–1:30 p.m. daily


Sunday, April 19 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Science exploration and discovery.Demonstrations will include remotely operated vehicles, robots, magic show and more. FREE with Aquarium admission.

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8 a.m. Sunday, April 19

Flat, beautiful course perfect for all levels of runners.

Register here.